When painting, I act with minimal premeditation. Like a jazz musician, I work from intuition, from impulse; I use my reflexes, honed in hard physical labor, and my senses, sharpened by a life outdoors.
I lay down color and shape and line, and then, gradually, I pare away all that is contrived or mannered, leaving only that which is honest. My work is disciplined yet free; it exists within a rich tradition, and yet it is achingly personal.
Just as within our physical selves, in our psyches there is always something going on beneath the surface. John Marin, who loved the Atlantic coast and its startlingly cold water as much as I do, called his paintings “interior landscapes.” When I reveal my interior in my painted works, the suggestion of the magnificent outdoor landscape in which I have been totally immersed inevitably arises. §
Kate Nelson has worked in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and has studied at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, at Massachusetts College of Art, and at Haystack Mountain School. Her work is in the permanent collections of the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA; the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, MA; and in numerous corporate and private collections. Kate’s paintings are featured in the newly published book, Contemporary Cape Cod Artists On Abstraction by Deborah Foreman.